Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for parishes and the faithful of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to a special day of prayer and fasting every Friday in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to prayers for healing and an end to the pandemic, a focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will also involve expressing thanksgiving to all those who are demonstrating the loving heart of Jesus in their service, compassion, diligence and sacrifice during the crisis, said Bishop Mark Hagemoen during a live-streamed celebration of Sunday Eucharist April 26.
‘Thank You For Having the Heart of Jesus” is the theme of the initiative, which includes the use of materials generously shared by the Diocese of Calgary, which recently launched their campaign under the leadership of Bishop William McGrattan.
Find the “Heart of Jesus” resources below or at: Resources Page.
Consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church
Bishop Mark Hagemoen also joined with other bishops across Canada and the United States in consecrating their dioceses — and both countries — to “Mary, the Mother of the Church,” seeking her protection during the coronavirus crisis on May 1. Read more at Catholic Saskatoon News (LINK).
- Ritual of Consecration from CCCB
- Background about Marian Consecration
- Announcement about Consecration of Canada to Mary from Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: English / French
- News article at Catholic Saskatoon News
- Prayer to Mary for May – from Pope Francis
- Letter addressed to the faithful from the Holy Father for the month of May, issued on 25 April 2020 inviting everyone to pray the Rosary at home and offering two prayers to be recited at the conclusion of the Rosary. English: English or French
- Litanies de Lorette
- The Loreto litanies
Recent announcements regarding provincial COVID-19 guidelines
In his message to the faithful, Bishop Hagemoen also addressed the most recent announcement from the Premier of Saskatchewan regrading a gradual lessening of restrictions in our province. “While nothing explicitly has been announced regarding religious organizations and gatherings, I will be meeting with the Liturgy Commission next week to explore how we can as a diocese apply the criteria that we have to date to our liturgical and sacramental practices in the diocese, and a proposed timeline to implement changes. I hope to report back about this in the near future,” he said.
Find other updates, directives and resources in response to the COVID-19 crisis: LINK to UPDATES
The bishop thanked the faithful for honoring the directives in place since March 17, 2020 which suspended public celebration of Masses and affected other liturgical and sacramental celebrations. “These circumstances have been difficult for us all. However, they have been a very important response to the COVID 19 pandemic, with the aim of caring especially for our elders, the sick, and those who might be otherwise susceptible to the life-threatening virus.”
“Heart of Jesus” – resource materials
Below are a number of resources shared by the Diocese of Calgary and adapted for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — thank you to our sister diocese!
Parishes and individuals are invited to express their gratitude to those enduring sacrifices to help others during the COVID-19 emergency, as well as to join in prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in particular on Fridays in the Easter season and beyond, leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 19:
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- Thank you for having the heart of Jesus postcard.PNG